Formula 1 managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn says there will be forthcoming changes to the weekend schedule but that it plans to stay put with a three-day format.
Last weekend’s running of the Japanese Grand Prix was affected by Typhoon Hagabis that saw Saturday’s action cancelled with qualifying and the race taking place on Sunday.
This proved a popular move amongst drivers and teams who showed support for a two-day programme, as F1 prepares for a record-breaking 22-race calendar in 2020.
However, circuit promoters are keen for Friday’s to be retained on F1’s timetable to sell extra tickets, with Brawn noting the direction it is aiming to take in this area.
“It was a Super Sunday in Suzuka and that naturally reopened the debate about the shape of an F1 weekend,” Brawn said in his regular post-race column.
“This is an aspect of the sport we have focused on in some detail as we work towards the rules that will govern F1 over the coming years and we have taken into account the voices of all of the key players – the promoters, the teams and last but not least the fans.
“I’ll be honest and say that there has been strong consensus, especially among the organisers, for maintaining the three-day format of track activity, although with a different timetable.
“It’s true that a day like Sunday in Suzuka offers a great show in just a few hours but it would confine the feeder series races to the previous days.
“After careful analysis we have concluded that the best solution is to keep the event over three days, revising the Friday format but leaving the rest untouched, with qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.”
The sport’s chiefs, together with FIA, are taking into consideration allowing team members to arrive at races later to cope with the extra workload.
“In order to meet the demands of the teams and in order to slightly increase the number of Grands Prix, which will be at 22 next year, we have given consideration to reorganising the schedule so that teams and drivers can arrive a day later,” Brawn added.
“We’ll talk about the detail at the end of the month, when the new regulations will be published.”